|Jeremy Kasdin: The flower-shaped starshade that might help us detect Earth-like planets - TED.com|
Astronomers believe that every star in the galaxy has a planet, one fifth of which might harbor life. Only we haven't seen any of them -- yet. Jeremy Kasdin and his team are looking to change that with the design and engineering of an extraordinary piece of equipment: a flower petal-shaped "starshade" that allows a telescope to photograph planets from 50,000 kilometers away. It is, he says, the "coolest possible science."
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; astronomy; space; technology; TED2014; 2014
|Andrew Connolly: What's the next window into our universe? - TED.com|
Big Data is everywhere — even the skies. In an informative talk, astronomer Andrew Connolly shows how large amounts of data are being collected about our universe, recording it in its ever-changing moods. Just how do scientists capture so many images at scale? It starts with a giant telescope …
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; astronomy; space; technology; universe; TED2014; 2014
|Jason Pontin: Can technology solve our big problems? - TED.com|
In 1969, Buzz Aldrin’s historical step onto the moon leapt mankind into an era of technological possibility. The awesome power of technology was to be used to solve all of our big problems. Fast forward to present day, and what's happened? Are mobile apps all we have to show for ourselves? Journalist Jason Pontin looks closely at the challenges we face to using technology effectively ... for problems that really matter.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; NASA; astronomy; space; technology; TED2013; 2013
|Joel Levine: Why we need to go back to Mars - TED.com|
At TEDxNASA, planetary scientist Joel Levine shows some intriguing -- and puzzling -- new discoveries about Mars: craters full of ice, traces of ancient oceans, and compelling hints at the presence, sometime in the past, of life. He makes the case for going back to Mars to find out more.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; exploration; life; science; space; technology; TEDxNASA; 2009
|Charles Elachi on the Mars Rovers - TED.com|
At Serious Play 2008, Charles Elachi shares stories from NASA's legendary Jet Propulsion Lab -- including tales and video from the Mars Rover project.
Keywords: TEDTalks; Serious Play 2008; TED; Talks; design; exploration; physics; robots; science; space; technology; 2008
|Jon Nguyen: Tour the solar system from home - TED.com|
Want to navigate the solar system without having to buy that expensive spacecraft? Jon Nguyen demos NASAJPL's "Eyes on the Solar System" -- free-to-use software for exploring the planets, moons, asteroids, and spacecraft that rotate around our sun in real-time. (Filmed at TEDxSanDiego.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; TEDxFeatured; demo; exploration; science; software; space; technology; tedx; TEDxSanDiego; 2011
|Peter Diamandis on our next giant leap - TED.com|
Peter Diamandis says it's our moral imperative to keep exploring space -- and he talks about how, with the X Prize and other incentives, we're going to do just that.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2005; TED; Talks; business; design; exploration; science; space; technology; 2005
|Steve Truglia: A leap from the edge of space - TED.com|
At his day job, Steve Truglia flips cars, walks through fire and falls out of buildings -- pushing technology to make stunts bigger, safer, more awesome. He talks us through his next stunt: the highest jump ever attempted, from the very edge of space.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; entertainment; film; space; sports; technology; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
|Peter Diamandis on Stephen Hawking in zero g - TED.com|
X Prize founder Peter Diamandis talks about how he helped Stephen Hawking fulfill his dream of going to space -- by flying together into the upper atmosphere and experiencing weightlessness at zero g.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; business; flight; science; short talk; space; technology; universe; 2008
|Peter Ward: A theory of Earth's mass extinctions - TED.com|
Asteroid strikes get all the coverage, but Medea Hypothesis author Peter Ward argues that most of Earth's mass extinctions were caused by lowly bacteria. The culprit, a poison called hydrogen sulfide, may have an interesting application in medicine.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; disease; environment; global issues; history; life; science; space; TED2008; 2008
|Jane Poynter: Life in Biosphere 2 - TED.com|
At TEDxUSC, Jane Poynter tells her story of living two years and 20 minutes in Biosphere 2 -- an experience that provoked her to explore how we might sustain life in the harshest of environments.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxUSC; TED; Talks; adventure; biosphere; biotech; climate change; environment; space; 2009
|Sarah Parcak: Archeology from space - TED.com|
In this short talk, TED Fellow Sarah Parcak introduces the field of "space archeology" -- using satellite images to search for clues to the lost sites of past civilizations.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; TED Fellows; exploration; history; science; space; technology; TED2012; 2012
|Henry Lin: What we can learn from galaxies far, far away - TED.com|
In a fun, exciting talk, teenager Henry Lin looks at something unexpected in the sky: distant galaxy clusters. By studying the properties of the universe's largest pieces, says the Intel Science Fair award winner, we can learn quite a lot about scientific mysteries in our own world and galaxy.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; astronomy; physics; science; space; universe; youth; TEDYouth 2013; 2013
|Carolyn Porco flies us to Saturn - TED.com|
Planetary scientist Carolyn Porco shows images from the Cassini voyage to Saturn, focusing on its largest moon, Titan, and on frozen Enceladus, which seems to shoot jets of ice.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2007; TED; Talks; NASA; design; exploration; science; space; technology; universe; visualizations; 2007
|Brian Cox: Why we need the explorers - TED.com|
In tough economic times, our exploratory science programs -- from space probes to the LHC -- are first to suffer budget cuts. Brian Cox explains how curiosity-driven science pays for itself, powering innovation and a profound appreciation of our existence.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; curiosity; economics; global issues; innovation; physics; science; space; TEDSalon London 2010; 2010
|Andrea Ghez: The hunt for a supermassive black hole - TED.com|
With new data from the Keck telescopes, Andrea Ghez shows how state-of-the-art adaptive optics are helping astronomers understand our universe's most mysterious objects: black holes. She shares evidence that a supermassive black hole may be lurking at the center of the Milky Way.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; astronomy; exploration; physics; science; space; technology; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
|Richard Branson's life at 30,000 feet - TED.com|
Richard Branson talks to TED's Chris Anderson about the ups and the downs of his career, from his multibillionaire success to his multiple near-death experiences -- and reveals some of his (very surprising) motivations.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2007; TED; Talks; aircraft; business; entertainment; entrepreneur; global issues; interview; music; space; technology; 2007
|David Hoffman shares his Sputnik mania - TED.com|
Filmmaker David Hoffman shares footage from his feature-length documentary Sputnik Mania, which shows how the Soviet Union's launch of Sputnik in 1957 led to both the space race and the arms race -- and jump-started science and math education around the w
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2007; TED; Talks; education; history; math; politics; science; short talk; space; technology; war; 2007
|Stephen Petranek counts down to Armageddon - TED.com|
How might the world end? Stephen Petranek lays out the challenges that face us in the drive to preserve the human race. Will we be wiped out by an asteroid? Eco-collapse? How about a particle collider gone wild?
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2002; TED; Talks; climate change; future; global issues; humanity; space; technology; 2002
|Bill Stone: Exploring deep caves (and someday the moon) - TED.com|
Bill Stone, a maverick cave explorer who has plumbed Earth’s deepest abysses, discusses his efforts to mine lunar ice for space fuel and to build an autonomous robot for studying Jupiter’s moon Europa.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2007; TED; Talks; Moon; NASA; adventure; energy; exploration; mining; space; technology; universe; 2007
|Carter Emmart demos a 3D atlas of the universe - TED.com|
For the last 12 years, Carter Emmart has been coordinating the efforts of scientists, artists and programmers to build a complete 3D visualization of our known universe. He demos this stunning tour and explains how it's being shared with facilities around the wor
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; art; astronomy; science; space; technology; TED2010; 2010
|Chris Hadfield: What I learned from going blind in space - TED.com|
There's an astronaut saying: In space, “there is no problem so bad that you can’t make it worse.” So how do you deal with the complexity, the sheer pressure, of dealing with dangerous and scary situations? Retired colonel Chris Hadfield paints a vivid portrait of how to be prepared for the worst in space (and life) -- and it starts with walking into a spider’s web. Watch for a special space-y performance.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; adventure; culture; life; live music; space; TED2014; 2014
|Dan Berkenstock: The world is one big dataset. Now, how to photograph it ... - TED.com|
We're all familiar with satellite imagery, but what we might now know is that much of it is out of date. That's because satellites are big and expensive, so there aren't that many of them up in space. As he explains in this fascinating talk, Dan Berkenstock and his team came up with a different solution, designing a cheap, lightweight satellite with a radically new approach to photographing what's going on on Earth.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; map; space; technology; TED@BCG San+Francisco; 2013
|Robert Lang folds way-new origami - TED.com|
Robert Lang is a pioneer of the newest kind of origami -- using math and engineering principles to fold mind-blowingly intricate designs that are beautiful and, sometimes, very useful.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; art; design; engineering; math; origami; space; TED2008; 2008
|George Dyson on Project Orion - TED.com|
Author George Dyson spins the story of Project Orion, a massive, nuclear-powered spacecraft that could have taken us to Saturn in five years. His insider’s perspective and a secret cache of documents bring an Atomic Age dream to life.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; NASA; future; history; physics; rocket science; science; space; storytelling; technology; TED2002; 2002
|Tom Shannon's anti-gravity sculpture - TED.com|
Tom Shannon shows off his gravity-defying, otherworldly sculpture -- made of simple, earthly materials -- that floats and spins like planets on magnets and suspension wire. It's science-inspired art at its most heavenly.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; TED Prize; art; arts; design; engineering; space; 2003
|George Smoot on the design of the universe - TED.com|
At Serious Play 2008, astrophysicist George Smoot shows stunning new images from deep-space surveys, and prods us to ponder how the cosmos -- with its giant webs of dark matter and mysterious gaping voids -- got built this way.
Keywords: TEDTalks; Serious Play 2008; TED; Talks; astronomy; culture; design; physics; science; space; technology; 2008
|Jill Tarter's call to join the SETI search - TED.com|
The SETI Institute's Jill Tarter makes her TED Prize wish: to accelerate our search for cosmic company. Using a growing array of radio telescopes, she and her team listen for patterns that may be a sign of intelligence elsewhere in the universe.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; TED Prize; TED2009; exploration; intelligence; science; space; universe; TED2009; 2009
|Mae Jemison on teaching arts and sciences together - TED.com|
Mae Jemison is an astronaut, a doctor, an art collector, a dancer ... Telling stories from her own education and from her time in space, she calls on educators to teach both the arts and sciences, both intuition and logic, as one -- to create bold thinkers.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2002; TED; Talks; art; arts; dance; education; future; science; space; technology; 2002
|Steve Jurvetson on model rocketry - TED.com|
Moneyman Steve Jurvetson takes TEDsters inside his awesome hobby -- launching model rockets –- by sharing some gorgeous photos, his infectious glee and just a whiff of danger.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2007; TED; Talks; children; design; entertainment; parenting; photography; rocket science; short talk; space; technology; 2007
|Burt Rutan sees the future of space - TED.com|
In this passionate talk, legendary spacecraft designer Burt Rutan lambasts the US government-funded space program for stagnating and asks entrepreneurs to pick up where NASA has left off.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; NASA; aircraft; business; design; engineering; entrepreneur; flight; industrial design; invention; rocket science; science; space; technology; transportation; TED2006; 2006